West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking his intervention for early approval of Covaxin from the World Health Organization (WHO) for students travelling abroad.
“Since the start of the vaccination programme, we have been receiving both Covishield and Covaxin. Even the private sector in the state has also procured both the vaccines. However, it is learnt that Covaxin is still not approved by WHO and it is not possible to travel abroad as many countries are allowing only those people who are fully vaccinated with WHO-approved vaccines,” Banerjee wrote in her letter to PM Modi.
The chief minister said a large number of students from all over the country travel abroad every year for higher studies and many of these students have got themselves vaccinated with Covaxin.
They came to learn later on, that their vaccination certificate is not valid abroad. These students are now in a fix regarding their next course of action and their career is at stake,” she added.
Hence, the chief minister has requested the prime minister’s intervention so that students do not face any problems.